Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia

A fully illustrated guide to all the known frogs of Australia.

Throughout much of the world, frog populations are declining and some species are disappearing totally. In Australia, several species have become extinct in the past 25 years.

This fully illustrated guide to all the known frogs of Australia provides concise accounts of 227 species within the five main frog families: Hylidae, Limnodynastidae, Microhylidae, Myobatrachidae and Ranidae. It also includes the introduced Cane Toad and provides notes on other ‘stowaway’ species that have arrived in Australia.

The text for each species includes details of size, status, distribution, habitat, behaviour and advertisement call. Each species is accompanied by a map of Australia showing its known distribution, and a full-colour painted illustration. Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisons can be made readily. The introductory section of the book covers frog biology and habitats and includes notes on families and genera.

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The print format of this title is currently out of stock. A revised edition was published in October 2011.

Throughout much of the world, frog populations are declining and some species are disappearing totally. In Australia, several species have become extinct in the past 25 years.

This fully illustrated guide to all the known frogs of Australia provides concise accounts of 227 species within the five main frog families: Hylidae, Limnodynastidae, Microhylidae, Myobatrachidae and Ranidae. It also includes the introduced Cane Toad and provides notes on other ‘stowaway’ species that have arrived in Australia.

The text for each species includes details of size, status, distribution, habitat, behaviour and advertisement call. Each species is accompanied by a map of Australia showing its known distribution, and a full-colour painted illustration. Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisons can be made readily. The introductory section of the book covers frog biology and habitats and includes notes on families and genera.

Reviews

"This is what I want of a modern field guide; three or four species to a page, so the illustrations are large and clear, with enough space for some useful text, including distribution notes (in addition to a map), behaviour (which however really refers only to breeding biology), conservation status, habitat, call and similar species. Where relevant, top or bottom views are also shown, and colour variations as appropriate. You need this book."
Ian Fraser, Natural History Book Reviews #13, November 2010

"This Field guide has two distinct advantages over most frog guides: (1) it is comprehensive, including all 227 known frog species, and (2) it has illustrated plates rather than photographs, the latter being the norm in the vast majority of previous frog guides. Overall, Tyler and Knight have created a thorough and accessible guide, with a good balance between content and brevity. Australian herpetologists and frog enthusiasts finally have a field guide comparable to Australian bird and mammal guides. I anticipate this guide becoming a common acquisition by people interested in the biology and conservation of frogs, throughout Australia."
Dale G Nimmo, Victorian Naturalist, Vol 127 (5), October 2010

"…an authoritative guide for lovers of our padded-fingered friends."
Simon Webster, Organic Gardener, January/February 2010

"This Field Guide is well sized for camping and bushwalks, and with similar frogs grouped together on the pages makes identification swift."
subTropical Gardening Magazine, Issue 20, Aug-Oct 2010

"…very easy to use and visually quite stunning. The author and illustrator of this book should be commended for such a valuable addition to the list of natural history field guides in Australia. A must have book!"
Deborah Metters, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, January 2010

"…the field guide is very useful, especially for the general naturalist who needs to make a quick identification of a recently seen frog."
Arthur White, Linnean Society of New South Wales Newsletter, No 132, October 2009

"…this field guide is an essential resource for anyone interested in Australian frogs. Frogs are attracting much public interest and this book will be enjoyed by every frog enthusiast who obtains a copy, or by those who just want to learn more about these wonderful creatures."
John Dell, WA Naturalist News, September 2010

"…this latest guide is very welcome. The section on 'stowaway' species is a great help in Australia's vigil to prevent further introductions of exotic amphibians."
Tyrone Lavery, Wildllife Australia Magazine, Spring 2009

"I found this to be a very useful book for any frog enthusiast, even those trying to identify frogs in their yard or on their property. Since having the book I haven't had to seek other reference material as I have found all the information I've been after in Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia."
Tammy Bazley, Society of Frogs and Reptiles Inc. Newsletter, September 2009

Authors

Michael Tyler AO is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was winner of the Michael Daley Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science in 1997. He has published 23 books and more than 350 scientific papers. Among his many contributions to herpetology he has described 65 new frog species or genera, and reported the first fossil frog from Australia. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, Honorary Associate at the South Australian Museum and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Applied Herpetology.

Frank Knight spent 25 years at CSIRO’s Division of Wildlife Research illustrating books and scientific papers. He won a CSIRO Overseas Study Award in 1980, visiting artists and illustrators in Europe, UK, USA and Canada. He left the organisation in 1991 to illustrate the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Since then he has illustrated a series of field guides including Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide with text by Joseph Forshaw. Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia is his most recent work.